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What is Considered a “Reasonable Person” When it Comes to Negligence?

September 27, 2021 | Car Accidents

Before a party can be held legally liable for an injury or accident, the court must decide whether a “reasonable person” would have behaved similarly under the same circumstances. If the party failed to act with the degree of care that a reasonable person would have, their negligence would make them responsible for any resulting damages. 

Evidentiary Standards and Burdens of Proof in Missouri

September 22, 2021 | Car Accidents

In every criminal and civil case in Missouri, both the burden of proof and evidentiary standards are applied to the legal proceedings. These rules stipulate which party is responsible for proving fault and to what extent they must justify their claim. 

Statute of Limitations on MO Accidents

September 20, 2021 | Car Accidents

Every state places a time limit known as the “statute of limitations” to encourage victims to file a car accident lawsuit within a reasonable length of time. In Missouri, you have five years to pursue a claim for compensation. 

Car Accident Statute of Limitations in Missouri

Under Missouri Revised Statutes § 516.120, the five-year period begins on the date the accident occurred.

Can Fault Be Determined by the Damage from a Car Accident?

August 18, 2021 | Car Accidents

After an accident is reported, the insurance companies involved will begin their investigation. They will take statements from drivers, passengers, and witnesses and look at photographs of the scene, if available, and the damage caused. One helpful piece of evidence is the location of the damage on your car, which can yield important clues about who is to blame.

Is Missouri a Fault or No-Fault State?

June 10, 2021 | Car Accidents

Missouri is a fault state for auto accident claims, which means the driver responsible for causing an accident must pay for damages. Under the state’s “pure comparative fault” system, multiple parties can be at fault, and their degree of liability determines how claims are settled.

Who Is at Fault in a Multi-Vehicle Crash?

May 24, 2021 | Car Accidents

After a multi-vehicle crash, it can be challenging to figure out who is at fault or responsible for damages. Typically, more than one party will be liable, but significant factors will determine how fault is assigned.

The Last Car

The driver of the last vehicle is generally considered at fault for causing a multi-vehicle crash.

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